Silver, Martha Carolyn Armstrong
12 Mar. 1924 - 2 Nov. 2011
by Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library, 2018.
Martha Carolyn Armstrong Silver was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve program Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (known as WAVES) during World War II. The WAVES program was established on July 30, 1942 to formally include women in the Navy. During WWII, more than 80,000 women participated in the program, and they filled an extraordinary range of military jobs. These included traditional secretarial jobs and also highly technical and advanced positions such as control tower operators, transport and test pilots and positions in military communications and intelligence gathering. The program was created to serve emergency personnel needs during the war. In 1948, women were at last given permanent status in all branches of the U.S. military with the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, ending the WAVES program.
Martha Armstrong was born on March 12, 1924 in Simpsonville, South Carolina to parents William C. and Ettie Armstrong. Her father had been in the military in World War I and later worked as a mail clerk for a railway line. When she was a young child, the family moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina. She had one brother, James William Armstrong, who was drafted and served in the Korean War.
MilColl OH 780, Martha A. Silver Interview, May 21, 2004, Military Veterans Oral History Collection, Military Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C. https://archive.org/details/MilCollOH0780Silver (accessed February 21, 2018).
U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 (from Ancestry.com). (accessed March 7, 2018).
Falter, John Philip. "Its a woman's war too!" Poster. 1942. Item LC-USZC4-1856, Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/92505327/
23 February 2018 | Agan, Kelly